A Glowing Recommendation: Angela’s Vegan Overnight Oats (Anti Candida Incarnation)

Peach Overnight Oats on Diet, Dessert and Dogs

[Just look at that peachy color! ]

Don’t you just hate it when your regular routine is disrupted? Well, maybe it’s just me.  As a Libra, I tend to be perhaps a little too attached to routine consistency boredom equilibrium in my life (Libra is represented by the scales, after all).  When the calm of a well-established pattern is disturbed, as it was last week, I’m thrown into a tizzy.

And just what horrific event occurred that turned my previously placid waters into choppy seas, you ask?

My treadmill broke.

Okay, maybe not so earth-shattering.  But I was accustomed to walking for 45 minutes every morning on my treadmill, while watching my soap opera (multi-tasking at its best). Now, I’m forced to head to the workout club each AM instead (howdy, octogenarian couple with the matching T-shirts!  How ya doin, Burly Guy who wears black dress socks?  Nice to see you again, trainer with the too-revealing tank top!).  Which means I haven’t watched my soap in over a week (I’m so far behind, in fact, that in my episodes Jack and Carly have only been married six times).  Which means I’ve had to switch to an elliptical trainer instead of a treadmill (my quadriceps are barely hanging on for 20 minutes at this point).  Which means I must wake up, wash my face, get fully dressed and drive to the club before I can even begin to work out.

Which, ultimately, means less time in the morning to do everything else I used to do. Like wrestle with The Girls.  Like answer emails.  Like cook and eat breakfast.

Like so many people in the world of food and health blogs, I read Angela Liddon’s Oh She Glows.  I mean, who wouldn’t?  It’s fun to read, Angela is an inspiration (she just completed a triathlon!), and (big points with me these days) she prefers to post recipes that are, to paraphrase her own words, quick, healthy, delicious–and contain only a few ingredients. Well, if that doesn’t just make my temporally-challenged day a little bit brighter!

Enter Angela’s seen-them-everywhere-on-the-blogosphere Banana Soft Serve Vegan Overnight Oats.  The recipe is a staple on Angela’s blog (with a multitude of variations, such as peanut butter, cacao nib, carob, rice crisps and so on) and has made cameo appearances pretty much everywhere else, too.

And now it’s finally my turn to give these oats a try!  Okay, so maybe I’m a little late to the party.  But with this recipe, I was sort of like the dowdy bookworm who joins in with just a little sip of wine. . . and before you know it, she’s downed a half dozen glasses and is dancing on the tables.  I went a little loco for these oats. Like the proverbial ACD-er in a pastry shop, I wanted to eat them all, and try out every varation I could get my hands on.

[Seriously, does that look irresistible, or what?  Of course, you could serve this in a regular cereal bowl as well.  But then it wouldn’t be as pretty.]

It’s no secret how much I love my baked steel-cut oats, and they will always hold a special place in my heart (and stomach). But these Banana Soft Serve Vegan Overnight Oats are perfect for a warm summer morning: light, refreshing, creamy and cold. . . in fact, it felt more like I was eating a dessert than a breakfast (always a good thing in my books).  Besides being ideal for the season (no cooking = no heating the oven = no sweating in the kitchen), the recipe also provides a substantial nutritional punch and will keep you feeling satiated for hours.  Even though I normally find myself sniffing around the kitchen mid-morning for something to snack on (“Excuse me, Mum, but isn’t that our domain?”) , after one bowl of these, I was pleasantly full well past my usual lunch time.

Why did it take me so long to try these out?  Blame it on the bananas. Since we ACD-ers aren’t permitted any “tropical” fruits (banana, mango, etc.), I had to come up with an alternative.  I tweeted Angela a while back to ask if she had any suggestions for what I might use instead, and I settled on frozen berries.  And so, my first version of BSSVOO made its debut:

Those were good, but I knew I could do better.  Supporting the cause of the banana-phobic everywhere, I racked my brains to create a delectable and creamy Soft Serve worthy of the Overnight Oats moniker!  One intriguing possibility was frozen pears (and while those would likely be delicious, we were all out–and I didn’t want to hold up the process of culinary creation).

Eventually, I decided, “yes!”, I would dare to eat a (frozen) peach–and tried that mixed with a few strawberries for color.  The result was a visually stunning and tastebud-tickling parfait that provided one of the most enjoyable breakfasts I’ve had this year.

If you haven’t yet jumped on the overnight oats bandwagon, what are you waiting for?  Hop right on.  The recipe is super easy (ingredients stay in the fridge overnight; then layer–or not, your choice) and is a perfect way to consume seasonal fruits.  Of course, if you’re able to enjoy bananas, go ahead and try it that way first.  There’s always the rest of the summer for peaches. Or berries. Or pears. Or every single other fruit.  Makes me glad I finally shook up that dull routine.

On another note, I love watching changes as they occur in the blogging world (even if I prefer stability in my exercise routine). One of the features you’ve no doubt noticed on many blogs these days is a question, or list of questions posed to the readers at the end of the post.  I enjoy reading these, as they provide some insight into the blogger’s ideas and, even better, often generate a discussion among the commenters.

So here’s today’s question:  Would you like to see questions rounding out the posts on this blog?  Is this a feature you think would enhance the blog?  (Cheating, I know; asking a question about questions!).

I always love reading your comments and would be thrilled with more interactive discussion on the blog.  I’d love to hear more from you and welcome ideas about what you’d like to read/see on the blog! So please, pipe up (and lurkers, here’s your chance!) and share your thoughts! 🙂

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  1. So I admit to being one of those oft-lurking, seldom commenting people! But I wanted to mention that I understand the Libran appreciation for balance, being one myself and all 🙂

    And to answer your question, I love when bloggers ask questions – lots of really interesting discussions usually spawn from that!

  2. I must be reading different blogs. I’ve only recently started reading a blog that has a question at the end. I think that it is a great idea.

  3. I just had overnight oats for the first time a few days ago! I love it because I’m often too strapped for time to cook oats in the morning, so this is a quick and easy way to have my oatmeal fix.

    As for questions, I like them, but I do admit, if I don’t feel like answering the question asked, it does sometimes deter me from leaving a comment. On the other hand, it can be a great way to learn from everyone else reading the same blog. For instance, on Fartygirl’s blog, she’s been ending her posts with questions about food sensitivities and IBS to see if there are any similarities between us all.

  4. Courtney says:

    I am not a Libra, but I can SO relate to loathing when my routine gets disrupted. I hate it! I do go to the gym each and every morning, and when something stops me from going?! Get out of my way! I am NOT in a pleasant mood that day 🙂 I love my little routine/schedule for the day, lol!

    I haven’t tried the overnight oats. I guess like with everything else–twitter, FaceBook, texting, etc.–I am behind the times!

    Honestly? I am not really into the questions at the end of the post thing. I don’t know…shrug. But for you, Ricki? If you post a question, I’ll probably answer it. Most of the time 🙂

    Courtney

  5. i love the reference to Prufrock… very nice =) i do like the questions at the end of the post as it encourages community but it’s true that if i don’t feel like answering the question, i probably wouldn’t comment at all! i still gotta try the vegan overnight oats parfait.. ive had overnight oats in a jar but not yet with banana softserve. gotta jump on this bandwagon asap!

  6. Hmm I find the idea of a question at the end is a bit like being set an essay to consider and complete – I find that if a post is interesting there is always plenty to respond to without the artifice of questions – I often tend to ignore them unless they really get my interest but I dislike them so much that I often ignore them anyway and comment on what is in the post – I don’t read blogs to be set tasks!

  7. You are a genius!! I can’t wait to try this. I also have some amazing cherries that I bought today…I think you know where I am going with that one!

    I do think questions can generate meaningful discussions and create a ‘community feel’ (instead of just talking TO people instead of engaging), however I do agree that it also can seem a bit off-putting in other ways.

    I struggle with asking questions at times because I don’t want to come off as implying that I need to pose the questions for others to contribute meaningfully, because that is certainly not the case. Do you know what I mean? I think questions are great for the right posts, but perhaps not every single post. That way it would appeal to those who like them and those who don’t. I wouldn’t force it unless you genuinely have a question you want to know about I guess! Just my 2c’s.

  8. now that’s a breakfast i would soooo wanna wake up to. an oat parfait – delicious and so pretty! i was cracking up at your description of some of your fellow gym members – we have some characters at ours as well. tee hee! to be honmest, i’m not too sure on the questions at the end of your posts to round them out. it’s not that i mind them, it’s just that i usually don’t respond to them. i like reading through a whole post and responding to that; i’m not trying to be rude, but i sometimes wonder if the questions get some people just look’n at the photo of the food and then straight on to simply comment on/answer the question asked. which is totally fine, but i love reading the entire post and responding to it as a whole, instead of just focusing on the question at hand. it’s up to the individual, fo ‘sho – and who says that just reading the question and looking at the photo of food is a bad thing, but i’d just feel kinda off writing up such a great post only to have some people skip it to get to the end & to the question at hand. you put so much in to each post and i feel like it might go unappreciated or something. i dunno. i’m a bit funny sometimes about these things, and like you, a change in routine gets to me a smidge – so maybe i’m just afraid of a little change. ah ha ha! aw, heck – i say, give it a whirl and see how it goes!

  9. Your blog is already my favorite whether you add questions or not. I sometimes feel like I live in a corner of your kitchen because I try so many of your recipes and love your food. Currently there is a big bowl of roasted chickpea and artichoke salad in the refigerator with one serving remaining. It is my favorite lunch standby right now. Thanks for all the good things that you share!

  10. I love making both of these but haven’t thought to pair them! I used to read Angela’s blog daily, but alas, her posts are so long and daily, and there just isn’t enough time these days. Maybe I will get back on that soon!

  11. Yummy! This reminds me of Bischer Muesli. Have you ever had it? Sooooo divine. I will have to try this. I agree with Angela on the question about questions 🙂 As long as it’s not forced, I’m all for it! But Iris has a point too – if I don’t feel like answering it can turn me off commenting.

  12. Those oats looks really good…..unfortunatly, I am having trouble with oats. I think I have developed an allergy toward them and that makes me so mad. I was enjoying having oatmeal for my breakfast.

  13. Your oats look completely delicious! I love the addition of chia seeds 🙂

  14. Jeanie McMahon says:

    Chia seeds? Like a chia pet? Oh well just another new thing for me to try. Love your posts, your humor, your relationship with your husband comments and of course most importantly the GIRLS!
    I think a question is good, even better when it is a query as a result of your blog that day. Doesn’t have to be every time. Just when your flow is right and you would like a comment back.
    This new post looks great, I’ll try it this week.
    Fondly, Jeanie

  15. Mmmmm, I had chocolate-banana soft serve overnight oats for breakfast just two hours ago 🙂 So good! Regarding the question question, I’m cool either way. I often don’t get to catch up on blogs more than once a week or so, so for me it’s usually more about reading the answers than getting to contribute.

  16. That looks good. I need to get some more gluten-free oats. I don’t mind a question at the end if it’s related to the post. I don’t feel I have to answer it, though. I have found on my blog that it does help promote discussion.

  17. Everyone,
    Do I take the lighter-than-usual number of comments as an indication that questions are NOT particularly appreciated? Or is everyone just watching the World Cup?

    Allysia,
    THANKS FOR COMMENTING! I’m so glad you did! YAY! (Okay, if THAT doesn’t keep you out of lurkdom, I don’t know what will). And yay for another Libra! 😀

    Shirley,
    Thanks! Maybe there aren’t as many as I thought (or it’s just the ones I read) 😉

    Iris,
    You make a good point–the LAST think I want to do is discourage comments! I would hope that people would realize they are in no way obliged to answer the questions, and that I’d still want to hear from them anyway!

    Courtney,
    You really have to try these! They are very easy and I found them really, really refreshing with the frozen fruit. Yum! As to questions, my idea would be to pose questions that people COULD answer (or not), as they feel comfortable. So you’d never have to feel obliged!

    Natalie,
    Thanks! And I see your point about not commenting at all. . . which would make me sad. 🙁 I’m hoping people wouldn’t feel obliged to either answer the question, or write nothing.

    Johanna,
    Oh, no, the last thing I’d want to do is make people feel as if they’re at an essay test! And ignoring the question entirely is a perfectly valid option. Hmmm. . . .need to think on that one!

    Angela,
    Cherries–that will be such a great variation!! 😀 I do know what you mean about questions. I would only ask them if I felt they grew naturally from the post and for the exact reason you mention–to create a community and sense of discussion. I’ve noticed that some of the comment programs these days allow commenters to respond to other commenters instead of just posting a new comment at the bottom of the queue. Seems like a great idea to me!

    jessy,
    I know what you mean. It’s true that some people just look at the photos and comment on that, but I’m okay with that, too–I don’t want anyone to feel they have to pipe up about the content of the post, as I know there are lots of people who just aren’t that into reading long posts (and I do realize mine are pretty long most of the time!). On the other hand, I also totally appreciate how you always take time to respond to something specific in all of your comments. I love reading comments from people and learning a bit more about them as a result! But I do see how not everyone is interested in sharing those types of things, and all they want is a recipe–that’s okay, too. (And thank you so much for saying such nice things about the posts. . . much appreciated!) 😀

    Mom,
    Aw, you sweet-talker, you! 😉 And you know, I haven’t had that salad in a while. I think it’s time for another! 🙂

    Alisa,
    I know, I’m amazed at how much she manages to post–and DO in a day. (I try not to think about it too much, or I feel very inadequate) 😉

    Maggie,
    I’ve never had the Bischer Muesli–what’s in it? That’s interesting, because I never liked the type of muesli with the yogurt in it–yet I loved this!

    Terry,
    Oh, no! Sorry to hear that about the oats! You could probably make this with quinoa flakes, or cooked millet or another grain–I’d cook it and then blend it until smooth, it would work very much the same way as this (though I’d probably refrigerate it first before layering). 🙂

    Veggie Wedgie,
    Thanks so much! The chia creates a much more pudding-like consistency, which I loved.

    Jeanie,
    Yes, like a chia pet. 😉 But they taste GREAT! For a simple way to use them in a “pudding,” try this recipe. 🙂 And I’m getting the feeing that most readers feel as you do–that questions are good only when they develop organically from the content of the post that day. 🙂

    Erin,
    Thanks! I’m with you on the catching up thing. 😉 I still think you could contribute, though, as the answers will stay on the blog for the next person to see!

    Linda,
    Exactly–I’d only expect people to answer if they could relate to the question or wanted to answer; but I’d hope it wouldn’t discourage commenting otherwise.

  18. The majority of my television watching happens on my treadmill at home too! I feel for you!!! I have to give mine up soon because we’re moving to a much smaller place and I’m not a happy camper. 🙁

  19. Ricki, This looks lovely! I am always on the lookout for new oatmeal recipes. I was wondering about the chia seeds, though – any possible subsitutes or can I leave them out entirely?

    Regarding your question, I love interactive blogs! Definitely pose some questions and generate a discussion. (I love how you normally reply to your comments, anyhow)

  20. I have to admit this recipe looks beautiful and a bit ucky (sp?) at the same time. It’s got that fish eggs look to it. Do you see it? I’m sure it’s delicious though. Love the colors and I love using chia seeds. 🙂

    I’m all for questions when I have an immediate answer. If I don’t have an immediate answer or the answer would take too long to write (I am a wordy girl), I often won’t comment at all because I don’t want to be viewed as a nonparticipant. Of course, you know I love interaction, but that’s my two cents. 😉

    Shirley

  21. Stacie,
    I feel for you! 😉

    Saveur,
    Of course you could leave them out, or use a bit less ground flax seeds. Really, the variations are infinite, limited only by the imagination! And thanks for mentioning my replies to comments–it’s part of what I enjoy about blogging! 🙂

    Shirley,
    Yes, I do see it. I noticed the similarity the first time I made chia pudding–but choose to ignore it. 😉 I would hate to think that you wouldn’t comment AT ALL just because you didn’t have an answer to the question. Hmmm. . . I need to keep thinking on this one!

  22. Oh my, that does look temptingly delicious! I must be late to the party too because I haven’t tried a recipe like this yet. Looks like I better get going!

  23. Well, Ricki, I haven’t tried this recipe, either. I’m either too late to the party or too lazy to get ready. 🙂 I really must update my oat repertoire. About the questions — if there’s something you really want to know, you should ask. Otherwise, maybe not.

  24. Not only do I love comments, but if people answer, it can be fun too 🙂 can learn something new to try! yes, i have been eyeing them over at osg, i will get to them soon 🙂

  25. Hey – I’m baaaaaack! I was thinking about your questions question. I think a great dialogue can take place but there is a big BUT. I rarely think to come back to a blog to check on comment replies. Thus, it’s so important (in my humble opinion) to have a comment follow-up setting. Know what I mean? Otherwise we get too busy and forget all about our comments, especially if a new blog post comes up. And bischer muesli – we ate it when we were in Switzerland (where’s Jenn’s Cuisine when you need her!). It’s basically the same thing as this recipe – maybe that’s where Angela got her inspiration? Soaked oats! Only yogurt comes into play. Speaking of which, have you ever made your own yogurt? Sorry for the looooong comment 🙂

  26. This looks so good…….I tried it too—with my homemade strawberry jam! Yum! 🙂

    As far as your blog……questions are always good…I think it just allows people to comment more if they want……but I’d bold it or put it somewhere specific…..b/c I had to search for this question…..:) lol….I somehow had breezed over it…..

    Ariana Anderson
    The Frugally Rich Life
    GF, dairy-free, sugar-free, recipes + frugal! 🙂

  27. I haven’t tried these overnight oats yet and will definitely have to try them soon! I think adding questions to your posts sounds like a great idea. 🙂

  28. I like questions to start up conversation but sometimes I miss them when I’m trying to read through a lot of blogs quickly.

    This looks great BTW. I’ve been eating chocolate chia puddings for breakfast and this looks like a good change.

  29. Julie Bates says:

    Wow – I’m a little late on this one, but I finally tried this for breakfast this morning and I can’t believe how good it was!!! Totally a pudding consistency, I can’t believe how yummy the chia seeds turned out. Awesome! This will definitely become a breakfast staple for me… LOVE IT!!!

  30. I like overnight soaked oatmeal with chia. I don’t had any sugar or sweetener. I think whatever fruit you add gives it enough sweetening. Sometimes I add chopped walnuts and cinnamon. YUM!

  31. If you didn’t include the parfait/soft serve or any sugar at all would this be ok for ACD stage 1?

    • Hi Alyson,
      I’m not sure I understand what would be left–the recipe IS the parfait/soft serve?? So if you omit it, there isn’t any recipe! Most ACDs don’t allow peaches in stage one (though there are a couple that do); and oats are often a “no-no” in the beginning, too, unfortunately. If you’re looking for easy breakfast ideas for Stage One, you can look at my Breakfast Post or the Stage One category at right (just note that any recipe roundups will likely have recipes from different stages). This porridge is a favorite, too. 🙂

  32. Kathleen says:

    I have made Angela’s overnight oats with 1 can of coconut milk and I substituted stevia for the maple syrup. I then made her Cherry-Strawberry Chia Seed Jam to layer it with. To dress it up, I added a little unsweetened coconut yogurt. Yummy. I love this as breakfast or dessert.
    I couldn’t get the video to play so I am sad. As for questions, I thought of homework, but as I reflected I thought they are good when they arise organically, not as an every day “have to” for you to include.
    Enjoy your time away.

    • Sounds like a great combo, Kathleen! Sorry about the video–not sure why it didn’t work for you! Did you click on the lower video (the top image is just a photo). Here’s the direct link: bit.ly/detoxresults 🙂 And thanks for the holiday wishes! 😀

  33. Hi! My question is about the oats. It seems that the gluten free oats are not marked “organic”, and I can’t seem to find gluten free organic oats. I have access to both at Whole Foods, but am never sure which one to choose. Sometimes, I just buy both and mix them together. Any suggestions?

    • I know what you mean, Maureen! I find the same a lot of the time (I eat rolled oats rarely, and while I’m sensitive to gluten, organic rolled oats seem fine for me, so I don’t worry about it that much). I found these, these, and these. Hope that helps!

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